Before the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul
A useless gathering or an important challenge for the future? There is much to criticize about these big events, and this initiative of the Secretary General of the United Nations is no exception. But the idea of this summit and particularly the process which has been put into place during its preparation are interesting: regional consultation in Asia and Africa in 2014, then in Europe and the Middle East in 2015; broad consultation of civil society; a large number of thematic studies involving different kinds of organizations, notably from the research sector, etc. All this should contribute to the preparation of the UN Secretary General’s report. In parallel to this participatory and multi-actor process, the usual inter-state dialogue of a big UN summit will also take place, under the responsibility of Turkey, the host nation, with the possibility of an “Istanbul Process”.
Groupe URD has been involved in the preparation of the World Humanitarian Summit: we were involved in the regional consultation in Africa during the summer of 2014, then in the thematic workshops (notably those on risks, the effectiveness of aid and humanitarian action in conflict contexts) and also the exchanges between working groups in Lausanne in November 2014. We are also part of the working group on the Future of Humanitarian Funding, and as such organized a workshop in Dakar in November 2014, which will be followed by further activities this year.